Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 5/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-1.5)
The Phoenix Suns (51-21) host the Los Angeles Lakers (42-30) at Phoenix Suns Arena on Tuesday in Game 2 of their series. The spread on this game has Los Angeles as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 209.5.
The Lakers faced off with the Suns and took a loss by a score of 99-90 in Game 1. Los Angeles finished the game having earned a 43.4% FG percentage (33 out of 76) and made 7 of 26 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Lakers converted 17 of 28 tries for a percentage of 60.7%. With respect to getting rebounds, they collected 33 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 19 assists in the game in addition to forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and getting 10 steals. With respect to the defense, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 46.5% from the floor on 40 out of 86 shooting. Phoenix distributed 24 dimes and had 7 steals in this contest. Additionally, Phoenix snagged 47 rebounds (16 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 5 blocked shots. Phoenix finished the contest at 83.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 10 of 12 tries. They made 9 out of their 28 tries from distance.
LeBron James is one guy who was important for the game. He left the arena with 18 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 36:04 minutes and also pulled down 7 rebounds. James ended up going 46.2% from the floor and distributed 10 assists. An additional guy that came through in the game for the Lakers was Dennis Schröder. He snagged 1 rebound in his 34:08 minutes played. He finished the game at 71.4% from the field for the contest by connecting on 5-of-7 (14 points). When all was said and done, Schröder totaled 3 assists.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 42-30 on the season. They are averaging 109.5 points per game (22nd in basketball) while going 47.2% from the floor. The Lakers are hitting 35.4% from downtown (796 of 2,248) and 73.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Los Angeles is snagging 44.2 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 1,775 dimes for the season, which is 15th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 15.2 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.1 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Lakers are forcing 15.2 turnovers per game while drawing 21.3 fouls. They are conceding 35.2% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 2nd in the league in points per game allowed (106.8). The Lakers are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.0% (1,095 of 1,530) and they relinquish 42.0 boards per contest as a squad. They currently rank 13th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,776 relinquished this year.
In their Game 1 win, the Suns were able to collect 31 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive boards totaling 47 for this game. They also turned it over 14 times, while earning 7 steals for the game. The Lakers committed 18 fouls for the matchup which took the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 12 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 83.3%. In regard to 3-point attempts, Phoenix made 9 out of their 28 attempts (32.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Suns walked away from this one shooting 40 out of 86 from the field which had them at 46.5%. The Suns permitted the Lakers to convert 33 out of 76 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.4% in this matchup. They shot 26.9% from three-point range by connecting on 7 of 26 and ended up going 17 of 28 at the charity stripe (60.7%). In regard to team rebounding, Phoenix allowed Los Angeles to get 33 in all (10 offensive).
Devin Booker ended up being a major contributor for the Suns in the game. He buried 13 out of 26 in this contest for a rate of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Booker scored 34 points in his 45:11 minutes on the court and had 8 dimes in this contest. An additional guy who came through for Phoenix was Deandre Ayton. He wrapped the game up with no assists in his 36:43 mins played, and he shot 10 of 11 from the floor. Ayton wrapped this one up going 90.9% from the field while collecting 21 points and 16 total rebounds.
Phoenix has a record of 51-21 on the campaign. Phoenix has scored 8,300 points this season (115.3 per game) and they grab 42.9 boards per game. The Suns are committing 19.1 personal fouls per contest while shooting 83.4% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Suns are connecting on 49.0% from the floor, which is ranked 2nd in basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 26.9 times per contest (3rd in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.5 times per game. The Suns on defense are ranked 7th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 109.5. They relinquish 22.9 dimes and 42.7 rebounds every game, which is 4th and 9th in the NBA. The Phoenix defense surrenders 35.4% on three-point shots (836 of 2,359) and their opponents are making 77.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (15th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix (+1.5)
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